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376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 26, 2008, 06:15:32 PM
I liked DQ7 but the graphics made it look far more like one of the first Playstation RPGs rather than one of the last.
377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 25, 2008, 10:21:38 PM
DQ4's chapter system is strictly linear while Suikoden III allows freedom of choice of different characters' chapters after completing each, so the comparison between them is faulty at best.
378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 23, 2008, 11:30:29 AM
Quote from: "daschrier"
In the remakes, they gave you control over your other party members right?

Probably the biggest pain in the original.

I've played the PSX remake of DQ4 and there, they did allow you to manually input commands for your allies, and I would be surprised if they didn't allow this in the DS port.
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Gamasutra - A Japanese RPG Primer: The Essential 20 on: April 23, 2008, 10:04:44 AM
I agree with many, but there are many I disagree with. FF5 is perhaps my least favorite of the franchise given its tedious, restrictive class system, huge spikes in difficulty, and general unplayability. The PSX port of Grandia is also fairly sloppy, with lousy voice acting and so forth, although the battle system does redeem the game. And SMT: Nocturne, while okay, has a lot of elements making it a poor introduction to the series (and I adamantly disagree that it's "superior" to the DDS games, which I think are *far* more accessible to newcomers to the franchise).
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: April 22, 2008, 12:29:18 PM
A good soundtrack, in my opinion, should both be good and fit the milieu of a game. For instance, I really couldn't stand Radiata Stories' jazz soundtrack since it seemed *really* out of place in a fantasy setting.
381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 21, 2008, 08:26:32 PM
The subtitle certainly fits, considering the game centers around a chapter system, and the original Japanese subtitle loosely translates as "The Chosen/Guided Ones". I'll certainly be getting this one, and hope we get the remakes of the fifth and sixth installments.
382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: April 20, 2008, 06:45:09 PM
This is one of those games I just have a *really* bad feeling about. I know it's gotten stellar reviews, but based on the description of the gameplay, I don't think I'd like it. I've seen gameplay videos and am not particularly fond of what I've heard of the music, or the voice acting, for that matter. I think I'll pass.
383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Izuna 2 coming to U.S. on: April 18, 2008, 07:20:29 PM
Haven't really heard much good about the first, so I think I'll pass.

And I think the title would be better if they used the term "Roninja" (ronin and ninja, ronin literally meaning "unemployed person") instead of "Unemployed Ninja," which I think is a little dumb.
384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / C3 Interview with Namco Bandai on Tales of on: April 18, 2008, 06:56:56 PM
A shame that Namco doesn't better promote the Tales games when they're localized. Of course, Microsoft might actually have TV ads for Vesperia, since they had ads for Eternal Sonata, as I remember...
385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mana Khemia coming on: April 01, 2008, 01:40:23 PM
Meh, I've stopped ordering from RosenQueen given my negative experience with pre-ordering Persona 3 there...
386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mana Khemia coming on: March 29, 2008, 05:22:07 PM
I've got my copy preordered.
387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits on: March 27, 2008, 10:10:47 PM
I thought Twilight was decent, even if the story was a bit lame.

I think it's a bit lame that they try and keep Kharg and Darc's relation as brothers secret when it's painfully obvious throughout the game they're related.
388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / what is your addition to the console rpg formula? on: March 27, 2008, 10:08:23 PM
But, what I'd like to see is a return to more expansive adventures. With SNES and PlayStation-era RPGs, there was a tendancy in going from walking around a small town to having the world at your fingertips. Either with Airships or other expanded transit systems, you'd broaden your horizons as you progressed. Now, there's just too much emphasis on realistic travel, that while you can travel across the world at the end, it's nto worth it because it will take you forever and a day. Tales is one of the few series that still does it right, but Final Fantasy lost it at FFX.

I disagree with you there. I think non-linearity is vastly-overrated in RPGs, which I think should be far more story-driven. Fully-explorable world maps are a bit overrated, as well, and in some instances unrealistic (come on, you don't become a 40-foot giant when you leave town). I personally think FFX (whose story I thought was a giant step above FF9's) and the Digital Devil Saga dilogy are decent examples of good story-driven RPGs.
389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard announced for the US on: March 27, 2008, 10:05:58 PM
Yay, pretty much one of the only DS games I'm truly hyped about this year.
390  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / RPGFan's Classification of RPGs on: March 27, 2008, 05:52:37 PM
Out of curiosity, why does RPGFan consider games such as the Professor Layton series, Phoenix Wright games, and some obscure adventure games as RPGs? The Layton games seem like a collection of puzzles, and these aforementioned games don't have levels, experience, or whatnot...
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